Got him! Fox that was attacking my chickens & ducks

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  1. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

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    Here's the fox that has been creating hell for our chickens and ducks over the past 6 months or so...
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    We "did" have a fox proof pen until he eventually found a weak spot and pushed/chewed his way through knocking off every last hen and duck we had...

    Until now, we hadn't had a fox attack in the pen for about 5 years (since I had fitted the pen with the anti-dig dog mesh around the perimeter).

    He had been getting through our outer dog fence that "protects" our free-ranging area and attacking the odd bird in broad daylight (such was his desperation) but the other night he got through the chicken wire and dog mesh skirt and into the pen. :mad:

    Guess what I'll be doing before we get any more poultry (chickens and ducks at least - we still have quail)? That's right, I'll be making an even stronger boundary fence, a much-reinforced poultry pen, and maybe even incorporate a solar electric fence. I WILL WIN... Oh yes... I will win...

    I used a Bushnell Aggressor Trophy HD Cam 24mp Trail Cam Camera that I got off eBay to snap this shot - he was just outside of the pen and must have heard the cam kick in turning his head looking right into the lens.

    At least I know who it was now...
     
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    Gee that’s not good. Rotten thing. Least you now know for sure who the culprit is. Good one. The lengths we have to go to, to protect our produce and stock can create a lot of work. Good luck with it all.
     
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    If you catch him please don't kill him I love all animals I understand that it is annoying to have all your animals killed but maybe he has a family to feed so please don't.......
     
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    I'm not going to try to catch him but I will stop him from entering our pen or free-range area.

    Foxes are an introduced pest here in Australia and because of these animals thousands of native animals are needlessly killed every year and are now endangered or extinct because they were not used to foxes or their ruthless hunting practices.
     
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    Did he get through, over, or under your fences?

    They are smart critters, so it will be a constant battle of wits unless you do something to make it really not worth his time.

    Electrifying that fence would certainly make him think twice about chewing on it.

    The dig proof mesh should have the underground attack sorted. If not, burying loose wire, barbed or normal will make it super awkward to dig.

    If he is climbing over, the cheapest method would be to roll the top of the fence over 90 degrees. Straight fences won't stop a motivated critter- I've seen a staffy climb an 8ft fence to play next door. If they can get those front paws over the top, then the rest will soon follow.
     
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    Actually I think 'he' might be a 'she' & probably has pups (is that what fox babies are called?).
    Could soon be many more looking for a free feed.
    Anyway, good that you have got an ID on that rascal.
    Next time he/she comes a calling ask for their ID! :D
     
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    There called cubs
     
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    Good luck. We have a fox that we hear barking nearly every night. Haven't sighted it and our chook pen has been repaired recently. I do doa a check every day in case though.
     
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